Kukla's Korner Hockey
Have a great day Canada, enjoy the time with familty and friends.
Here it the USA we celebrate Columbus Day which to me is a day without mail or banking.
But it does mean two early hockey games, Avs/Bruins at 1pm ET and Ducks/Sabres at 3pm.
Whatever your plans are today, rembemeber we are one day closer to an NHL team winning the Stanley Cup.
My plan for the next two and a half days is to take it slow, real slow. I am even thinking about taking the ice in a glass challenge, filled with a little adult beverage.
I need to step away from the computer, email, twitter, etc. to recharge my battery and catch up on a little R & R.
George Malik will try to fill in when necessary while I am away and I will return on Monday.
Have a good weekend and the countdown for hockey will begin soon enough.
KK was down this morning for about 1/2 hour due to a server issue.
I have been told the system may go down again before it becomes stable again so if you cannot access KK, you will know the reason why.
Sorry for the problem.
Looking ahead, we are not that far away from the official opening of NHL training camps which is September 11th.
The NHL pre-season starts on September 14th and opening day rosters must be set by 3:00pm ET on September 30th.
October 1st is the opening of the NHL regular season and then the fun begins.
No hot dog or apple pie so early in the morning, but I do think those items and much more are on the menu today.
Have a great day and here in Michigan, it looks like the entire state will enjoy abundant sunshine with temperatures in the mid to high 70's.
To all of you traveling for the long 4th of July weekend, please be safe and have a great weekend.
If you are staying at home, I will be posting on a limited basis tomorrow, especially after the morning update, but will post any important news.
I will be back on a regular schedule for the weekend but I expect it will be slow, very slow.
Again, enjoy the weekend and hope the weather is perfect for everyone.
It has been a long 60 hour stretch for me.
I wish I could say I am heading for the lake for the summer, but that is impossible for me.
I just need to re-charge a bit tonight and will be back in the morning.
If you wish to talk amongst yourselfs in the comment section, feel free to do os.
Until tomorrow and I will leave you with this... Steve Yzerman talked with the guys from NHL Live a bit earlier today to discuss the moves the Lightning made and other topis, listen/watch below...
Enjoy your day Canada and I know what many of you will be doing today.
Our plans are to be around all day as usual plus we hope to have an embed of Sportsnet's coverage of the day too.
Many of you know this is not a one day occurence, but rather this period carries on for about two weeks, then slows down.
News of signings and trades usually breaks via Twitter first these days so focus will be on both Sportsnet and Twitter.
Hopefully signings/trades will slow down mid-July, then it is a time for a few days of R & R.
As always, thanks for your support of KK and enjoy what is sure to be a crazy time.
Oh and watch out for those fake Twitter accounts.
Spending almost 24 hours in an emergency room of a hospital is not fun but it did allow me to sit back and follow all the hockey stories out there.
I do get the sense during this open-talk period leading up to the UFA period on July 1st a lot of agents are, and rightfully so, building up their players.
So and so player has six teams showing interest, another has four, still another has multiple teams interested in his services.
In years past we have heard this kind of chatter, all coming from a source but this year everything is out in the open and the agents are taking advantage of it.
Meanwhile, GMs are not talking and rightfully so, why should they make public their intentions, it is better to be quiet and let other teams guess what is going on.
The prices of some players on the UFA market have not hit the peak yet, expect that to happen much closer to UFA Day.
In the meantime, expect more chatter on Thursday, the day before the draft and stay tuned, you never know what may happen.
Now, a little bit about me... New drugs prescribed, watch my diet, get some rest and relax when I can.
All easier said than done, but I plan to follow the directions as closely as possible.
Thanks for the numerous emails and comments regarding my health, they do mean a lot.
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